The Cincinnati Reds had a busy morning, making four roster moves prior to their afternoon contest against the Detroit Tigers. They’ve activated Ben Lively from the COVID-19 injured list, called up Carson Spiers from Double-A, returned Connor Phillips to Triple-A, and placed Tejay Antone on the 15-day injured list with elbow discomfort.
Let’s start with Tejay Antone, who exited last night’s game against the Tigers in the middle of the inning with elbow discomfort. He faced three batters in the game before exiting and he only threw three fastballs. Those three fastballs were down about 3-4 MPH from where he’s been since joining Louisville on August 2nd (where we began to have pitch tracking data for him). It’s a limited sample size with just three of them, but given that we have hindsight – that seems concerning.
After the game, Antone told Gordon Wittenmyer of the Cincinnati Enquirer, “It just kind of flared up. It’s nothing serious, I don’t think. Same thing I’ve been rehabbing the whole time. Kind of the same spot and everything.”
Let’s hope that it’s nothing serious and that Antone is right. But even if he is, it seems likely that this is going to cost him the rest of the season.
Ben Lively is being activated today after missing the last two weeks on the COVID-19 injured list. While he is not starting today in Detroit, he’s expected to come into the game at some point and throw multiple innings.
Carson Spiers has already made two big league starts for the Reds. But the next time he enters a game will be different. In those other two outings he was a “replacement” player for someone on the COVID-19 injured list. Today saw Cincinnati officially place him on the 40-man roster in order to call him up. Moving forward when he’s sent down he will be optioned, and he gets a pay bump because of his 40-man addition (while in the minors).
Connor Phillips, who started the game last night in the Reds victory, has been sent back to Triple-A. He was returned, not optioned, as he was only up on the active roster as a “replacement” player for someone on the COVID-19 injured list.